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Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Carey’s work has been published in The New Yorker, Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.

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Published: Sunday in the Park With George: Jake Gyllenhaal brings the tortured artist to Broadway

Originally published on Mic.com View this story online No one can accuse Jake Gyllenhaal of being a slacker. The Oscar-nominated actor is known for playing intense, perhaps tortured characters: Nightcrawler, Brokeback Mountain and Zodiac are just a few. His latest role … Continue reading


Published: Escaped Alone

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online In Caryl Churchill’s latest play, four aging women chat away an afternoon. How scary can it be?  The answer, it turns out, is very scary. And, somehow, it’s also quite … Continue reading


Published: Beardo

Originally published in Paste magazine View this story online Blame it on Donald Trump, but this critic was not enthralled by spending 2 ½ hours watching yet another story about a childish, sexually entitled man crashing (uninvited) into people’s lives … Continue reading


Published: Do “The Rules” Apply?: Dating in 2017

Originally published on Storia.me View this story online Apple got it wrong. When the company aired its controversial “Lemmings” commercial back in 1985, showing people grimly marching off a cliff to their death, whistling “Heigh-Ho,” it was 10 years too … Continue reading


Published: The Tempest Turned Upside Down In Brooklyn

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online The struggles to control people and the situations surrounding them, and the dynamics between masters and those they enslave, are integral to Shakespeare’s canon—as they are to American citizens these … Continue reading


Interview: Split star Betty Buckley on the M. Night Shyamalan film’s controversy and ending

Originally published on Mic.com View this story online Betty Buckley has come a long way since she saw her first scary movie. On a family outing to see The War of the Worlds in 1953, the five-year-old child had to leave the movie … Continue reading


Interview: Josh Groban: how the pop sensation became Broadway’s leading man

Originally published on The Guardian View this story online ast year might have been an annus horribilis for most, but for Josh Groban, 2016 couldn’t have gone much better. The multiplatinum-selling singer-songwriter, who shot to fame as a teenager, made … Continue reading


Published: Mariah MacCarthy On Her New Show Baby Mama

Originally published on Paste Magazine View this story online When asked, “What is scarier—doing live theater or giving birth?” Mariah MacCarthy responds without hesitating, “Doing live theater.” The New York-based playwright, producer, author and performer who runs Caps Lock Company … Continue reading